Tan White Picked #2 in WNBA Draft by Indiana Fever

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Mississippi State's Tan White was selected as the No. 2 pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever. White became the second Lady Bulldog in MSU history to be drafted into the Women's National Basketball Association along with former Lady Bulldog LaToya Thomas.<P>

"I'm excited for the experience that I am getting ready to go through," said Tan White. "I'm looking forward to see if I can expand my ability at this level. I'm glad that there is an opportunity in the U.S. for women to play beyond college."

White marks the second Lady Bulldog to be drafted into the WNBA along with Thomas. LaCharlotte Smith ('96) played for the Orlando Miracle during the 2000 season.

"We are excited Tan has been selected the No. 2 overall pick in this year's WNBA Draft," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "She has represented Mississippi State in a first class manner. In the fall Tan was named to the MSU Bulldog Honor Roll. She graduates in May with a degree in educational psychology. She is a Kodak All-American; received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award; participated in the WNBA All-Star Challenge; led the nation in scoring; became the SEC's All-Time Career Steals leader; owns five MSU career categories; led MSU to a school record 12-game winning streak and top half finish in the SEC and postseason play. The mayor of Tupelo proclaimed 'Tan White Day' and now Tan gets to fulfill the dream of playing professional basketball. We are all very proud of her accomplishments and expect only the best at the next level."

White joins eight other number two picks in the nine-year old league: Alana Beard (2004), Chantelle Anderson (2003), Swin Cash (2002), Kelly Miller (2001), Tausha Mills (2000), Yolanda Griffith (1999), Ticha Penicheiro (1998) and Isabelle Fijalkowski (1997). White becomes the fourth player from the SEC to be drafted as the second pick along with Anderson (Vanderbilt), Miller (Georgia) and Mills (Alabama).

2004-05 Senior Bio
No. 2 pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever...Kodak All-American...Named first team all-SEC by Associated Press and league coaches... Kodak/WBCA All-American Region 3 Team...Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award recipient...Second Team Associated Press All-America...Selected to participate in the WBCA All-Star Challenge game...Led MSU to school record 12-game winning streak (11/27/04-1/13/05)...Averaged 23.5 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game...Led MSU in scoring in 26 of 29 contests this season...Nationally she ranked first in the nation in points and 26th in steals...She ranked 1st in the SEC in scoring, 2nd in steals (2.97), 4th in defensive rebounds (5.31), t-4th in assists (3.45), 5th in three-point field goals made (2.10), 7th in rebounding (7.7), t-10th in blocked shots (1.03), 11th in free throw percentage (.750), 12th in assist/turnover ratio (0.85)...Has posted 40 consecutive games in double digits, 29 this season, including 13 20-point outings, four 30-point outings and one 40-point game (115 career games in double digits)...Tallied seven double-doubles this season (24 total in her career)...Has become just the second Lady Bulldog to reach 2,000 career points. Surpassed this mark with her 20 points vs. Birmingham-Southern (1/3/05)...With her four steals at Tennessee (2/24/05), she became the SEC's all-Time Career Steals Leader with 372. She surpassed Jocelyn Penn of South Carolina (1998-03) who had 359...Has moved into the SEC Top 10 Career Field Goal Attempts list, fourth with 2,102...Named SEC Player of the Week (Dec. 6) for her performances vs. Louisiana Tech (11/30/04) and South Alabama (12/5/04). Her 28 points vs. No. 20 La Tech aided in the 72-55 victory over a ranked team...MVP of Mississippi State Classic...Named to Dead River Company Classic All-Tournament team...With her blocked shot vs. Mississippi (2/17/05), she became MSU's All-Time Blocked Shot leader with 118...Her career-high 47 points scored vs. Vanderbilt (2/3/05) are the most points scored during a single game in the NCAA this year. She also set a new Humphrey Coliseum record for most points in a single game and came one point shy of tying the most points by a Lady Bulldog in a single game but was a game-high for a Lady Bulldog senior...Tied the most three-pointers attempted (10) by a Lady Bulldog in an SEC Tournament game vs. Arkansas (3/3/05) previously tying her record set vs. Tennessee in last year's tournament...Her five three-pointers and three blocked shots at Arkansas State in the first round of WNIT postseason play, mark the most by an MSU player in a WNIT postseason game...Made a career-high 15 field goals, tied a career-high 12 free throws made and tied career-high 16 free throws attempted vs. Vanderbilt (2/3/05)...Recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Alabama (1/13/05) and Arkansas (1/16/05)...In her 100th career game in double figures, recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds in win over UC Santa Barbara (1/10/05)...Tied a career-high seven steals vs. East Tennessee State (12/30/04)...Her 61 three-point field goals made are the most by a Lady Bulldog senior...State Farm Wade Trophy finalist...Wooden Award finalist...Senior CLASS Award finalist...Naismith Award finalist...Semifinalist for Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence...Named to Fall 2004 MSU Bulldog Honor Roll.

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